I finished 8 books in the month of March and that makes it a good month of reading, for sure.
The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes
Knitting is life and life is knitting. That is all but that is enough.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A difficult but necessary read, this certainly lives up to the hype. As so many others have said, this one will stay with me for a long time.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Beautiful writing and the story is full of promise and hope. Exciting in parts, quiet and speculative in others, this book made me want to sit down and drink a pot of tea with Captain Kidd and Johanna.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I want to give this book 5 stars because of the subject and the author’s note at the end but I’m only giving it 3 because it could have been so much more. The story is good and it moved along quickly and some of the writing is really eloquent but I had a hard time reconciling the outcome for one of the characters with the personality the author spent so much time developing. I won’t say more and I do recommend it for those who enjoy YA and who want to ponder teen suicide and mental illness.
The Girls by Emma Cline
I expected to love this book and it just fell flat for me. The writing is pretentious and there are way too many descriptions of bad food and dirty people, gross sheets and awkward sex, I was uncomfortable for a lot of the time I was reading it. I could get over that, though, if the story was engaging and the characters believable. Instead I felt like nothing happened for a really long time and then a BIG thing happened and the book ended. Way too much build up and not enough pay off for me. Not recommended.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
I adored this book. The writing is lovely and the story of the lifelong friendship between two married couples is lifelike and wonderful. The time frame, the setting (mostly Vermont and Wisconsin) and the philosophical and moral issues faced by the characters all come together in a perfect way. Highly recommended.
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The writing is beautiful but I did have a hard time keeping track of the story line and characters at times. Still, totally worth reading, especially for the last 20 pages or so.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Very readable, I think I’d describe this as Alice Hoffman Lite since it just doesn’t have the depth that most of Hoffman’s books have. It’s a very good story of hope and redemption, though, and a fast read.
Eight books, mostly all very good. What have you been reading lately?